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Topic of the Month July 2014

The skin - protecting the body, indicating diseases

The human skin often is called a protective shield since it acts as a barrier for pathogens that try to enter the body. The skin is sometimes also considered a window to look inside the body, because it displays symptoms of some diseases. Read something new about both of these two well-known aspects of the skin in our Topic of the Month: We do not just take a look at new therapies that make use of skin tissue and want to heal it; we also ask how and why the skin could possibly enable the early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in the future.